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05/04/11 - NNHS Newsletter - Stand By Me

Too late we learn, a man must hold his friend
Unjudged, accepted, trusted to the end.

- John Boyle O'Reilly
(28 June 1844 - 10 Aug 1890)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   I've always liked this 1960 classic; maybe you have, too.

BONUS - - Stand By Me - Ben E. King - sing-along version



"Stand by Me" is the title of a song originally performed by Ben E. King and written by Ben E. King, Jerry Leiber, and Mike Stoller. There have been over 400 recorded versions of "Stand By Me," including versions by John Lennon, Otis Redding, Jimi Hendrix and Elton John.

According to the documentary History of Rock 'n' Roll, Ben E. King had no intention of recording the song himself when he wrote it.[1] King had written the song for The Drifters, who passed on the chance to record it. It was not until after the "Spanish Harlem" recording session that he had some studio time left over. The session's producers, Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, asked if he had any more songs and King played "Stand by Me" on the piano for them. They liked it and called the studio musicians back in to record it.

Mike Stoller recalls it differently: "I remember arriving at our office as Jerry and Ben were working on lyrics for a new song. King had the beginnings of a melody that he was singing a capella. I went to the piano and worked up the harmonies, developing a bass pattern that became the signature of the song. Ben and Jerry quickly finished the lyrics…"[2] The fact that arranger Stan Applebaum couldn't possibly have dashed off an entire string chart at the end of a session, much less copied and distributed all the parts, supports this less dramatic version of the events.

Either way, King's record went to number one on the R&B charts[3] and was a Top Ten hit on the U.S. charts twice—in its original release in 1961, when it peaked at #4, and a 1986 re-release coinciding with its use as the theme song for the movie of the same name following its appearance in the film, when it peaked at #9, and also in an advertisement for Levi Jeans. It also reached #1 on the UK Singles Chart in 1987 after its re-release, mostly because of the jeans spot, originally reaching #27 on its first release.

The song was not released on an album until it had been out as a single for two years. After those two years the song appeared as track seven on King's Don't Play That Song album.

"Stand by Me" was ranked number 122 on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. In 1999, BMI named it as the fourth most-performed song of the 20th century, with about 7 million performances...[4]



1.   From Jane Monfalcone Simmons ('61) of FL - 05/04/11, 9:23 AM - "  Jane (Monfalcone) Duncan":

I just received a call this morning that my Aunt Jane (my dad’s sister for whom I was named) passed away yesterday. She was a graduate of NNHSin (June of 1942). The obituary is not yet published, but Peninsula Funeral Home is handling arrangements. Visitation is tomorrow evening and the funeral will be at 1:00 PM Friday. She was one of the most beautiful and gracious people I have ever known. We will miss her so much. Please post this on the website as information becomes available.

   Oh, Jane, I'm so sorry to hear this! You and your family have our deepest sympathies.



    Happy Birthday today to Wanda Hodge Underwood ('57) AND    Charlie Snead ('64) of NC!

   Happy Birthday tomorrow to Jane Penn Clark ('57) AND Tom Jones (Warwick HS - '60) of VA!

   Happy Birthday this week to:

06 - Patsy Lewis Hancock ('57) AND (according to Plaxo)    Norman Olshansky ('64) of FL AND     Van Rowell ('65) of NC;

07 - Judy Abbott Copes ('57);

08 -   Frank Gibson ('63) of VA;

09 -   Patty Andrews Mays ('61) of VA;

10 - The late    Mrs. Helen Hardy Shelton (10 May 1917 - 19 Mar 2011) AND Barbara Johnson Hansford ('57) AND My Cousin,     Clarke Booth (Wakefield HS - '57) of FL!

   Many Happy Returns to You All! 


Saturday, May 4, 1861

The secession from the Union was not received with joy by all the residents of Southern states. In particular, the people of western Virginia were not thrilled. The mountainous region had social and cultural differences with the southern and eastern parts of the state. Meetings took place today in Wheeling, Kingswood, and Preston County to discuss another act of secession.

Sunday, May 4, 1862

Gen. Joseph Johnston’s decision yesterday to withdraw from Yorktown, Va., allowed McClellan to move the Army of the Potomac in today without opposition. Some units were ordered to move further ahead on the road to Williamsburg, and they encountered troops of Longstreet and Hill, with minor unpleasantness occurring. The Stars and Stripes were raised over Gloucester Point, across the river from Yorktown.

Monday, May 4, 1863

Gen. Joseph Hooker’s plan to flank the Confederates at Fredericksburg had ground to a complete halt almost as soon as it began. Surprise and initiative lost, he began to withdraw back across the fords of the Rappahannock. U.S. Gen. “Uncle” John Sedgwick’s forces, who had finally taken bloody Marye’s Heights in Fredericksburg, were attacked at Salem Church in an attempt to cut them off from this escape. They managed to resist and make their way to Bank’s Ford, which they crossed in the night.

Wednesday, May 4, 1864

The Army of the Potomac re-crossed the Rapidan River one last time in the area known as the Wilderness. Numbering around 122,000, they marched against a foe that was reduced to some 66,000 men. Their march led them around the Confederate right, requiring Lee to move out from Orange Court House near Gordonsville to match the maneuver. Gen. Richard Ewell led the way, with A.P. Hill’s men next in line. Longstreet’s men brought up the rear.

    From Linda May Bond Crayton ('66) of VA - 05/03/11 - "Ventilating":

Thank you Carol, for using the correct word. Venting. I didn't even know I was doing it! Ha Ha

You are the VERY BEST!
Linda May '66

   GIGGLES! Thanks, Linda May! I've been doing quite a bit of ventilating on a number of subjects myself lately - though usually just to my pillow as I'm lying in bed!

    From Joan Lauterbach Krause ('60) of VA - 05/03/11 - "Some Thoughts":

In light of recent events, many folks have all sorts of feelings. Many versions, lots of stories, and theories. Someone I know posted the following quote on their status bar for Facebook. I have done a lot of thinking about this. Man has placed a lot of rituals and ‘rules’ in place for our worship of God the father. But Jesus told us to only do one thing … “Love one another”.

I am proud of and honored by the US Military Personnel who fight to protect the citizens of the US. But still my mind keeps coming back to the quote below. I worry about the ‘politics’ that use this country’s might for personal gain or game playing. Let all of us, keep offering up for courage, strength, peace of mind and that our acts be for the common good for our country.

“I mourn the loss of thousands of precious lives, but I will not rejoice in the death of one, not even an enemy. Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that." -Martin Luther King, Jr.

Joan Krause

   Thank you so much, Joan! As I sat glued to the television the night Bin Laden's death was announced, I was more astonished than anything else. As the scenes of wild rejoicing began, something was nagging at the back of my mind that that was a strange reaction. While I personally lost no friends in the horrific events of 9-11 (not to mention earlier bombings), there is a difference between finding satisfaction in justice having been served and celebrating the death of anyone.

   Jesus' admonition to love one another came quickly to mind, but Dr. King's quotation was what I was really trying to recall. I very much appreciate your bringing it forth now.

    From Joan Lauterbach Krause ('60) of VA - 05/03/11 - "SIMPLE BUT TRUE":

Just received this.  Others are worried too.

Simple but true..

Hi Lord, its me.

We are getting older and things are getting bad here. Gas prices are too high, no jobs, food and heating costs too high. I know some have taken you out of our schools, government and even Christmas, but Lord I'm asking you to come back and re-bless America... We really need you!

There are more of us who want you than those who don't!
Thank You Lord, I Love you.

   Thanks again, Joan!

       From My Cousin, Cheryl White Wilson (John Marshall HS - '64) of VA - 05/03/11 - "Danny and Annie":

Thought you would like this!!!

Love, me

       Ah, you know me so well! Thanks, Cheryl!

    From Norm Covert ('61) of MD - 05/03/11 - "The Covert Letter":


Posted: 02 May 2011 09:28 AM PDT

By Norman M. Covert

Chaplain Sam and his 1988 Peterbilt tractor. Norma is at steps to Headlight in Trucking chapel. (NMC Photo)

There wasn’t much call for Easter eggs and chocolate bunnies at the Pilot Travel Center and T/A truck stops recently in Breezewood, Pa.

Chaplain Sam Rust and his son Chaplain Shannon Rust proclaim the Easter message every time they drive their “Headlight in Trucking” rigs onto the huge complexes and set up “shop.”

“We praise Christ’s resurrection and His promise of salvation every day,” Chaplain Shannon says. “It is the basis of our ministry.”

Sam is one of the original missionaries nationwide in this “on-the-road Gospel outreach.” He incorporated Headlight in Trucking in 1977 as a ministry in Pennsylvania, giving up an Assemblies of God pastorate to “answer God’s call.”

He was awakened to the need when he drove part time to supplement his pastor’s salary. The young Shannon often went along during the first years, sleeping on the floor or the pews with Sam at the wheel.

Sam say he feels the same intensity each time he fires up his classic 1988 Peterbilt tractor. His rig includes a custom built trailer with chapel and the privacy to tap into the personal and spiritual needs of long haul truck drivers.

Chaplain Sam and Norma "on duty" in trailer chapel at Gateway T/A truck stop, Breezewood, Pa. (NMC Photo)

Shannon drives a 1977 Marman, Sam’s original tractor and rolling chapel built by Pastor Cliff Burroughs and volunteers at the Assembly of God Church in Colonial Heights, Va. They were first to share Chaplain Sam’s zeal for the ministry.

The Superintendent of Potomac District of the Assemblies of God tried to discourage Sam when he was knocking on church doors seeking partners. He went to church headquarters in Springfield, Mo., in 1976, but received a letter stating “they didn’t have a place for my ministry in the denomination.”

He kept up a torrid visitation pace. “I wasn’t discouraged. I knew God wanted me to do this.”

The ministry was later validated by the church.

Chaplain Shannon is a familiar voice on the CB radio, still used by long-haul drivers. He lets them know he’s in the neighborhood, breaking in to offer a prayer for their safety and the message “Jesus cares about each one of them.” 

He conducts worship every Sunday at 9 a.m. in the Breezewood Pilot Travel Center lounge. Shannon’s wife Rebecca has her music ministry and several CDs, which he hands out to eager drivers. She sometimes “comes along” with 12-year-old son Matthias.

Both pastors admit they never know what the day will bring.

“There are days where I only see drivers coming and going through the gas pumps or eating a quick meal before getting back on the highway. I make myself available and they are always happy to see me. They promise to see me again on the turnaround,” Shannon said.

It is not a ministry meant for every seminary or Bible College graduate. “We feel a special calling.

Chaplain Shannon and Matthias at door of original trailer chapel, built by volunteers of Colonial Heights, Va., church. (NMC Photo)

“A truck driver’s need cannot wait until the end of his run,” Shannon said. “I spend as much time with them as they want, listening, trying to offer support… always offering a word of scripture and prayer with them.

“They lead a difficult life, a solitary existence,” he continued. “It is hard for them to keep up relationships, marriage and family. We have to be prepared when a driver comes to the chapel or sits down with us inside the center.

“They are vulnerable to temptation and it’s all available, drugs, or what I call ‘sins of the flesh.’ Sooner or later it catches up to them.”

Sam reflected that he and his wife Norma believed God would provide for them in the uncertainties of the new ministry. It has been supported by partner congregations and private contributions.

“The economy has hit several of our sponsoring churches hard and they have to stop their support for now. I understand, but our work must go on. It is a constant challenge to meet expenses.”

Shannon has moved into the forefront of the ministry, but Sam remains the face of Headlight in Trucking to his partners. Making the transition to Shannon is becoming more of a need for 77-year-old Sam, who still can handle the rig and the responsibilities. Invariably Norma is along to help out as she has throughout his entire ministry.

Sam survived cardiac bypass graft surgery several years ago and stays closer to home spending Sunday afternoons “on duty” at the landmark Gateway Restaurant and T/A.

“Chaplain Sam is part of our family,” a Gateway hostess said. “We love him. When someone is in trouble he’s always ready to help.”

Sam was reared in Hampton, Va., where his grandfather started Sam Rust Seafood, shuttling catches from watermen at the Hampton piers to restaurants and wholesale marketers. It was Sam’s first exposure to trucks.

Rebecca and Shannon Rust with son Matthias at one of their evangelistic services. (Courtesy photo)

The foundation of his testimony and ministry, he says, came as a teen seeing the music ministry and testimony of young adult Christians at street meetings. They helped found the Phoebus (Va.) Assembly of God Church.

Another pillar of his “Christian walk” came at summer youth camp meetings in Falling Waters, W. Va. That’s where he met Norma, a Baltimore native.

Sam was graduated in 1960 from Southwestern University in Waxahachie, Texas. His first pastorate was in the Virginia Eastern Shore community of Lee Mont, then to Silver Spring, Md. and Bedford.

Shannon was graduated from Valley Forge Christian College, Phoenixville, Pa. and was called as a youth minister in Ohio, but “I found myself not wanting to do that,” he said.

He went home and began to help his dad. He did so well that Sam found a truck for him in Arizona.

“We picked up a Ford Cabover…and Dad made me drive it back. I got my first test at a stop in Tulsa, Okla., where a truck driver began to belittle me and my testimony.

“I felt so low…I prayed ‘Lord how can I to this?’ I asked Becky to pray with me and I stuck to it.

“A couple years later that same driver came to the truck…He was having a major crisis in his life and he asked if I would pray with him.”

Rebecca Rust's music ministry includes several Gospel music CDS with original music and lyrics. (Courtesy photo)

Shannon gives God credit for “coincidences or miracles” that shaped his life and ministry. He includes Becky, who was healed of cervical cancer at age 14. Her minister father introduced them at a fast food restaurant in Frostburg, Md. They often work in tandem, conducting evangelistic services in churches of Western Maryland and Pennsylvania.

“We couldn’t have a biological child, so God gave us Matthias and he has been a blessing from the first time we held him.” –©Norman M. Covert 2011.

(You may contact Chaplain Sam or Chaplain Shannon at ; at or by writing Headlight in Trucking, 1089 Centerville Road, Bedford, PA 15522. You may also donate to the ministry by clicking on The Covert Letter PayPal icon and we will ensure they receive it.)

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Contact Norman Covert at

   Thank you, Norm!

  From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 05/03/11 - "Newsletter Theme Suggestion.":

Hi, Carol:

May I suggest a theme for one of your fine Newsletters?
The Way Old Friends Do by ABBA, featured in their album
Super Trouper.
ABBA is one of my favorite vocal groups. When they were entertaining the proceeds from albums and tours provided them with an income greater than the Gross National Product of Sweden, surpassing the taxes paid to Sweden by Volvo.
Maybe you have already used this theme, and if so maybe you might consider reusing it.

TYPHOON Regards,
Joe Madagan ('57) of FL

   What a great idea - thanks, Joe! No, I've never used it before.  I think you can expect to see it very soon!

From - 05/02/11 - "Personal Development":

You: At Your BEST

By Karen Van Cleve

People often ask me what I've noticed in working with people during the recent difficult times. Even though I work with very successful, empowered people, I see them struggling to stay at their best - focused, positive and productive - in this climate. And I must admit that my gremlins are more active and rowdy than usual! However, the other thing I notice is people are still thriving. When my clients do stay focused on what they can control and manage their reactions to bad news and media hype of situations, they find that there is still good news and abundant opportunity, even now. I know that the current situation can make you feel like being in a little life raft tossed mercilessly by angry seas. Yet more than even, our world needs people to be performing at their best, not in a state of fear or avoidance. The world needs YOU: At Your Best!

When you learn how to be at your BEST, even in the raging storm, imagine how unstoppable you will be when things turn around and the sun shines again!

Here are a few ideas for being "YOU: At Your BEST:"

B for Balanced
Holding on for dear life in your little raft, the idea of balance might seem impossible. Yet I think it's one of the most important things we can do for ourselves in challenging times. Find your "center of gravity" with even the smallest of self-care steps. For example, novice meditators who participated in six weeks of meditation training reported being less stressed, more optimistic, and better able to handle challenges. People who engaged in once-per-week gratitude exercises (simply writing five things they were grateful for) reported higher levels of happiness, even six months after the study ended. So find your own little practices that bring balance to your life physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.

E for Empowered
It may feel like the waves and the world circumstances hold all the power, and all you can do is react. However, I encourage you to focus on what you CAN control. You have already overcome incredible challenges in your life. What are some challenges in your past that seemed daunting, yet you were able to overcome them? How did you successfully work through those situations? How could you take control of even a small part of your circumstances, rather than reacting to them? Researchers have discovered that people who take some action, no matter how small (such as making donations to their favorite causes), feel less stressed and better about themselves than those who take no action.

S for Systematic
Being bounced around in the waves can make people lose touch with rituals and success strategies that have worked in the past. The book "The Power of Full Engagement" describes how people achieve higher levels of performance through rituals. I find that my most successful clients have systematic approaches to their critical success activities. What systems or rituals would allow you to operate at your best, rather than being buffeted around by the waves? What are even small steps you can take consistently to start achieving new results?

T for Trust
Although today's challenges are unprecedented in many ways, the very nature of our evolving civilization means we continue to have new challenges and opportunities. Futurists and economists have been predicting this situation for years. And the same futurists are predicting that we will move past this current situation to a new set of opportunities and challenges. I imagine how bleak things must have looked right before the end of World War II, with so many countries involved in battles, the sacrifices being made at home, and whole European countries being ravaged. Today's situation doesn't seem so bad in comparison! How would developing a stronger sense of trust serve you? What practices could you engage in that would expand your trust that things will work out? Dozens of studies have been performed on the power of prayer, and there are many who have achieved amazing shifts through visualization exercises (See "The Intention Experiment" by Lynne McTaggart). How can you build more trust into your life, and maybe even into your community?

You: At your BEST. That's how I believe the current situation will improve. It won't be world leaders, or financial institutions, or lawmakers who calm the waves and turn the storm. I believe it will be the citizens of the world, being their individual best, that will make the biggest difference.

About the Author:

Karen Van Cleve is a Personal Coach, Professional Speaker, and creator of the "Do It Yourself Brain Surgery" program. You have amazing, untapped potential to overcome disempowering patterns of thought and action, and boost your brain power for improved results. Visit Karen and learn more about your amazing brain at or email


From - 05/03/11:

Little Johnny

At school one morning the teacher asked little Johnny what he had for breakfast.

Little Johnny said, "Well, on my way to school I come cross this apple tree, so I climbed up there and started eating apples. I guess I eat about six." said

"No," said the teacher, "it’s ate!"

 Little Johnny said, "Well, it could've been eight; I don't remember."


1. Thursday, May 5, 2011 - The NNHS Class of 1955 holds Lunch Bunch gatherings on the first Thursday of every month at Steve & John's Steak House on Jefferson Avenue just above Denbigh Boulevard in Newport News at 11:00 AM. The luncheon is not limited to just the Class of '55; if you have friends in that year, go visit with them.

2.  May 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, 22, 2011 - "The Marvelous Wonderettes" at Dinnertainment at The Grey Goose - OPEN TO THE PUBLIC -

3. Wednesday, June 8, 2011 - The NNHS Class of June 1942 meets at noon on the second Wednesday of every other month for a Dutch treat lunch at the James River Country Club, 1500 Country Club Road. PLEASE JOIN THEM. Give or take a few years makes no difference. Good conversation, food and atmosphere. For details, call Jennings Bryan at 803-7701 for reservations.

4. Saturday, July 9, 2011 (6:30 PM to 11:30 PM) - The Class of 1971 will hold its 40-Year Reunion at Newport News Marriott at City Center, 740 Town Center Drive, Newport News. For details, contact Richard Rawls at - CLASS OF 1971

5. Saturday, August 20, 2011 - The Class of 1966 will hold its 45-Year Reunion at the Warwick Yacht Club, Newport News.  Further details will be available soon from Dee Hodges Bartram at - CLASS OF 1966

6. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, August 26, 27, and 28, 2011 - The Class of 1961 will hold its 50-Year Reunion. - For details, see: and contact Gary Fitzgerald at or 757-879-2847 - CLASS OF 1961

7. Wednesday and Thursday, October 19 and 20, 2011 - The Class of 1956 will hold its 55-Year Reunion. Be on the lookout for "snail mail" in early May. - CLASS OF 1956

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  Y'all take care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER!  We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                                   Love to all, Carol





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Stand by Me

Written by
Ben E. King (b. 28 Sept 1938)
Jerry Leiber (b. 25 Apr 1933) and Mike Stoller
(b. 13 Mar 1933)

Recorded by Ben E. King, 1960

Peak: #4; Year: 1961; Week peaked: 6/18/1961

When the night has come
And the land is dark
And the moon is the only light we'll see
No I won't be afraid, no I won't be afraid
Just as long as you stand, stand by me.....

And darlin, darlin, stand by me, oh now now stand by me
Stand by me, stand by me

If the sky that we look upon
Should tumble and fall
And the mountains should crumble to the sea
I won't cry, I won't cry, no I won't shed a tear
Just as long as you stand, stand by me

And darlin, darlin, stand by me, oh stand by me
Stand by me, stand by me, stand by me-e, yeah

----- guitar -----

Whenever you're in trouble won't you stand by me, oh now now stand by me
Oh stand by me, stand by me, stand by me

Darlin, darlin, stand by me-e, stand by me
Oh stand by me, stand by me, stand by me....

"Stand By Me" midi courtesy of 
at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 03/08/05
Thanks, Dave!

"Stand By Me" lyrics courtesy of 
also at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 03/08/05
Thanks again, Dave!

Full Moon clip art courtesy of - 09/20/04

Animated Stars Divider Line clip art courtesy of -

Animated Tiny Birthday Cake clip art courtesy of Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA - 08/31/05
Thanks, Sarah Sugah!

Army Seal clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 05/24/06 (still missing...)
Thanks, Al!
Replaced by Norm Covert ('61) of MD - 02/09/09
Thanks, Norm!

John Marshall High School's Justice Scale clip art courtesy of Cheryl White Wilson (JMHS - '64) of VA - 10/13/05 (replaced 02/23/09)
Thanks, Cheryl!

Animated BOO-HOO courtesy of Glenn Dye ('60) of TX - 08/28/09
Thanks, Glenn!

Marine Corps Seal clip art courtesy of the late Herbert Hice of MI - one of my Famous Marines who served in the South Pacific during WWII.
Thanks again, Herbie!!

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